On The WBEN Liveline
National Weather Service Meteorologist Tony Ansuini
A record 24 hour snowfall of 13.8 inches was set at the weather service’s airport offices Wednesday, breaking the old record of 7.3 inches set in 1959.
This daily snowfall is the 6th greatest on record for the month of March, and the 4th greatest daily snowfall for this late in the winter season.
The Weather Service defines a blizzard as any time there are sustained winds of 35 miles an hour, and visibilities of less than a quarter of a mile.
By that definition-- yesterday's official blizzard was the second of the season. (And we have never had 2 in one year before)
On January 6 & 7, the entire Western New York region was in a state of emergency because of wind and snow. For record keeping purposes, the snowfall season starts at the end of July and runs through June.
As of yesterday, Buffalo has recorded 120 inches of snow- that's 2 feet above the average.
Buffalo's 2013-14 snowfall total is more than the last two (below average) winters combined.( 94 inches)
Syracuse traditionally gets more snow than greater Buffalo- but this year's totals here beat out both Syracuse and Rochester.
|Special Weather Statement from the National Weather Service (Thurs 4 am)
...BITTER WIND CHILLS THIS MORNING...
TEMPERATURES IN THE SINGLE NUMBERS AND BRISK WINDS WILL CREATE BITTERLY COLD WIND CHILLS AS LOW AS 10 BELOW THIS MORNING.
THESE BITTER WIND CHILLS WILL RESULT IN A RISK OF HYPOTHERMIA AND
FROSTBITE FOR ANYONE OUTSIDE FOR EVEN A SHORT PERIOD OF TIME
WITHOUT PROPER CLOTHING.
IF YOU MUST BE OUTSIDE THIS MORNING...USE COMMON SENSE AND DRESS WARMLY.